Chillin at a bar takes on a whole different meaning especially when the bar is frozen. They are so frozen, Elsa would probably be seen at one of them. I am talking about Ice Bars, and they are here in Upstate New York. If you and your friends love being outdoors during the winter and want to grab a cold drink or warm, you have to make a trip to one of the 12 that are all in within a 40 to 50-minute drive.
The closest one to Albany is in Latham at Bellini's on New Loudon Road. They kick off their 4th annual event on January 31st which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northeastern NY. Information can be found on their webpage. Most are free depending on the day and if any event is running at the same time.
Five of the Ice Bars are located in the Lake George area with 4 in Saratoga with most of those opening up this weekend for the first time this season. For those who need warmth, most offer a firepit and inside seating. More information https://www.newyorkupstate.com/things-to-do/2018/01/12_cool_ice_bars_to_visit_during_winter_in_upstate_new_york.html?fbclid=IwAR0QTX33ybliD3QUsTd0r2YxWBEEsa3HbuEzV2Qlc0Y7kZeK-hOWJX64Oww.